Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Lee Made 20 Tapes, FBI Tells Congress Scientist Insists Extras Destroyed

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Lee Made 20 Tapes, FBI Tells Congress Scientist Insists Extras Destroyed

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WASHINGTON -- Preparing for a tell-all interview with Wen Ho Lee, the FBI has learned from the Los Alamos scientist that he made a total of 20 tapes with nuclear secrets, half of which were duplicates, government officials said yesterday.

Only three have been recovered, but Lee's lawyer said his client will tell the FBI the remaining tapes were destroyed.

The FBI told congressional investigators this week that one of the key questions for Lee to answer is why he made as many as 10 duplicate tapes of information he downloaded from secure Energy Department computers, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The government learned about the duplicates from Lee's attorneys as they prepared for a plea bargain this month, the officials said. The revelation caused a brief delay in a planned plea bargain with the scientist, the officials said.

FBI agents are to begin interviewing Lee on Tuesday under a court-approved deal in which the government dropped 58 felony charges against the scientist and released him from solitary confinement in a case that has raised questions of excessive prosecution. …

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